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Monday, July 2, 2018


(Cat Simoni)

Oh Mama Mia! Durban theatre impresario extraordinaire Roland Stansell has chosen a “FABBAtastic” and totally feel-good show to launch his re-vamped and restored Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo.

We LUV ABBA! showcases the much-loved hits of legendary 70's mega Pop Group ABBA.

“Short of flying out the actual Fab Swedish Four themselves from Stockholm for the big occasion (Roland’s a little tight for cash after the theatre revamp), I have secured the very best of South African music talent; five-star ‘Westville-to-London’ chanteuse, Cat Simoni,” says Stansell.

“With ten years of entertaining at London’s top venues like The Ritz, Dorchester, Carlton and Savoy, golden-voiced Cat is a perfect fit for the hot and divine music of best-selling ABBA – and she’s flying up from her new home in Constantia, Cape Town, to entertain her Durban fan-base for this landmark weekend,” he adds.

Friday July 6 is an ideal SAVE-THAT-DATE for Durban’s live theatre devotees.

Where else would you get both blonde bombshell Agnethe and brunette glamour pin-up Anna-Frid played by the same precociously talented performer? – and Bjorn in the tightest 70’s pop star pants known to man?

So we're all winners, thanks to Roland's showbiz coup - and as the song goes: The Winner Takes it All.

We LUV ABBA! is anarchic musical theatre fun, with wall-2-wall ABBA sing-along No.1 hits and promises to be a classic midwinter warmer for Durban’s theatre and music-lovers. The show is devised and directed by - and co-stars - former Royal Shakespeare Company UK actor, Paul Spence

Performances take place on July 6 and 7 at 20h00 and on July 8 at 14h00. The venue opens 90 minutes before show for picnic dinner. Tickets R150 (R130 pensioners and tables of eight or more).

Take along food picnic baskets. Braais will be available. There is limited secure parking and booking is essential. A cash bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises). Rhumbelow Durban is situated at 42 Cunningham Road off Bartle Road in Umbilo.

Booking is through Computicket or contact Roland on 082 499 8636, email (also for group booking discounts of 20 or more) or visit